(dark smoke coming from the state factory)
or Korça, city and prefecture in southeastern Albania, 109 km (68 mi) southeast of the capital city of Tirana, and 19 km (12 mi) from the border with Greece. One of the most modern cities in Albania and the fifth largest in the nation, Korçë is located in a large basin at an elevation of 860 m (2820 ft).
The prefecture of Korçë has an area of 3,750 sq km (1,450 sq mi). During a four-year French military occupation, beginning in 1916, Korçë and its prefecture comprised an autonomous area. Greek troops occupied the city in 1912, 1914, and 1940. Population, city (1990), 65,400; prefecture (1993), 171,205.
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Mercedes lined up to make the quick trip to Greece
(often smuggling people or trade goods)
a slower means of transport